Christophe Billon has been tending the vines of Cote Rotie for years. His career really began after taking over his fathers modest estate of .017 ha on Cote Rozier. Whilst working as a viticulturist for the Guigals (and also selling the bulk of his grapes to the family) he has built the domaine holdings up to 3.5 ha in Cote Rotie and 1.5 ha of Vdp. Most Cote vines, planted on the schist soils are around 30 years of age with some going back to the original plantings of 1942.
Syrah with a touch of Viognier (around 3%)-Single vineyard cuvee
“The blockbuster 2012 Côte Rôtie La Brocarde is a slightly smaller production cuvee that spent 26 months in 100% new French oak. It too sports lots of sweet oak in its cassis, roasted meats, coffee bean and licorice aromas and flavors, but never loses its Northern Rhone soul and has plenty of underlying meatiness. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, and balanced, with beautiful concentration, it needs 2-3 years in the cellar and will have 15 years of more of ultimate longevity.”
94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, erobertparker.com